Schools have just over a month to get their students’ entries in for the 10th annual Arts and Minds Awards. The arts and creative writing challenge helps UK schools and students to celebrate and promote cultural diversity.
The competition encourages students to use artwork and creative writing to explore what diversity, equality and identity means to them and their school, families and communities.
It is run by the NASUWT with support from SecEd and our sister title Primary Teacher Update among others.
Entries should promote cultural diversity, equality and challenge racism in schools. This year, television presenter Gok Wan will once again be picking the winners.
Awards are split across primary, secondary (up to age 16) and special schools with categories for both art and creative writing.
The competition also includes the Anne Frank Poetry Award, a separate category run in conjunction the Anne Frank Trust UK which recognises poetry entries inspired by the life and writing of Anne Frank.
Last year, the competition saw more than 1,000 entries and the overall winner was a piece of art entitled We Are All Equal by year 4 to 6 pupils from Beaufort Special School in Birmingham.
Among the 12 finalists, eight entries were from secondary students, including S2 pupil Nicole Davidson from Greenwood Academy in North Ayrshire, who won the Anne Frank Poetry Award for her piece Set Free.
Other creative writing winners included year 7 pupil Lauren Botterill for her piece Music Shop and year 8 student Bayse Genc for Chess Pieces, both students at Lea Valley High School in Enfield.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Skett, a year 9 student at Redhill School in the West Midlands, won in the art category for We All Fit In.
Other supporters include Love Music Hate Racism, VSO and Think Global. Winning schools will receive £350 with the overall winner getting £1,000. There are also gift vouchers of up to £100 for winning pupils. The entry deadline is July 1 and the ceremony is on October 8.
For the main competition, visit www.nasuwt.org.uk/artsandminds and for the Anne Frank Poetry Award, see www.annefrank.org.uk
CAPTION: Writing wrongs: Gok Wan with last year’s Arts and Minds overall winning entry We Are All Equal